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Oh, Woe Is Me

Hélas pour moi

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Switzerland, France, 1993


This complex allegorical tale tells the story of man’s quest for spiritual meaning. When God enters the body of 1980s filmmaker Simon Donnadieu, his wife Rachel realizes that something has gone awry, but chooses to remain faithful to her erratically-behaving husband.

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Oh, Woe Is Me Directed by Jean-Luc Godard

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Given the discussion last fall, most of it misguided, regarding Godard’s attitude toward Jews (a discussion that, I suspect, the release of “Film Socialisme” will rekindle), “Oh, Woe Is Me” is a crucial film to consider, as much intellectually and ideologically as aesthetically. It is, for that matter, a movie of a voluptuous visual beauty: it depicts a miracle, and by no means a chaste one.
May 31, 2011
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